Michael Light, Rancho San Pedro 04.28.06: Highway 91 and Artesia Boulevard Looking West, Compton Creek and Union Pacific Railroad to North (detail), 2006. Purchase made possible by Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross through the 2011 Gold-Level Member Acquisitions Committee. Autry Museum; 2011.54.2

The American Art Collaborative Linked Open Data Consortium

The Autry Museum of the American West is a proud participant in The American Art Collaborative (AAC)’s Linked Open Data Consortium. Established in 2014, the consortium consists of fourteen U.S. institutions—thirteen museums and one archive—working together to create a combined database of Linked Open Data (LOD) around the subject of the visual arts in America spanning the collections of all consortium members with the Smithsonian American Art Museum as the lead museum. For a full list of participating institutions, educational briefings, presentations, and general project background, visit AmericanArtCollaborative.org.

Browse Application Prototype

To design and develop a usable application for exploring the collected data, the project established a Browse Working Group, which developed a demonstration application, available at browse.americanartcollaborative.org.

The site allows objects and artists from across the 14 partner institutions to be explored through one interface. This application is a prototype, and is not meant to represent all the things that can be done with museum data in the future. Rather, it provides easy access to the available partner information and focuses on a few straightforward ways that data from the different institutions can be connected and explored.

The information contributed by the Autry to the American Art Collaborative represents a selection of artwork from the museum's collections. These pieces were chosen to showcase the dynamic and evolving cultural practices of the many diverse peoples and perspectives that have shaped the American West.

Thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (awarded to SAAM on behalf of AAC) and a leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (awarded to AAC partner Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art), the AAC has converted over 230,000 museum object records to LOD.

Metadata and LOD from the AAC partners is freely available on GitHub

github.com/american-art - A complete set of data from the 14 participating institutions

github.com/american-art/autry - Data from the Autry Museum of the American West

github.com/LA-Autry/Collections-as-data – Library publication data from the Autry Museum of the American West

Licensing and Usage Guidelines for Autry Data

The Autry Museum has licensed the use of our collections metadata under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). This license allows for re-use of the metadata related to specific items within our collections without legal restriction. Please be aware that the content to which the metadata links is not covered by the CC0 license. While the Autry Museum provides hyperlinks as a means of referencing underlying image or multimedia content associated with the metadata, this content itself is not part of the metadata being released and is not necessarily covered by the CC0 license.

If you wish to use the underlying content for anything other than personal or non-commercial usage, please contact our Rights and Reproductions Coordinator, Marilyn Van Winkle at mvanwinkle@theautry.org.

The availability of a link to a digital resource does not imply or convey permission to download, distribute, or use that file in any way that would be incompatible with the Terms of Use of the Autry Museum.

Additional guidelines:

  • Give proper attribution by including the statement “Data Source: Autry Museum of the American West” and by providing the URI for the object being referenced.
  • Do not mislead others, or misrepresent the metadata or its sources.
  • Understand that data is used at your own risk.

AAC Next Steps

As a next step, the AAC is seeking additional funding to expand the application of LOD within the museum and archival communities. It is our hope that opportunities to link or interconnect data will increase as more museums produce LOD and that AAC will continue to take a leading role in advancing collaboration across museums.

Contact Us

For questions or feedback on Autry’s Data, contact rmenendez@theatury.org

For more information about AAC’s next steps, contact EleanorFink@earthlink.net